’Jacks tighten defense, pull away from Garrett
Chesapeake contests Lakers’ second-half ’threes’ to reach 4-0
McHENRY The Skipjacks reached Garrett College in time for Tuesday’s 5 p.m. game, but their vaunted defense didn’t arrive until the second half.
Chesapeake College, which held each of its first three opponents to under 50 points, went to halftime with just a 43-37 lead over the Lakers after Garrett drained six first-half 3-pointers. The Skipjacks (4-0 overall, 3-0 Maryland JuCo) held their hosts to three treys in the second half thanks to some defensive adjustments that paved the way for an 83-63 women’s basketball win.
"We had a long (nearly four hours) bus ride and we started out a little lazy on defense," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols. "We were giving up a lot of uncontested 3-pointers. The second half we went man-to-man on their 3-point shooters and that dramatically improved our defense."
Chesapeake played well offensively and on the boards throughout the contest, finishing with four double-digit scorers and four double-digit rebounders.
Three Skipjacks Denver Clyde (22 points, 11 rebounds), Jen Carr (20 points, 11 rebounds), and Rose Smith (15 points, 10 rebounds) finished with double-doubles while Deja Acree (10 rebounds, eight assists, five points, four steals) finished two assists shy of a double-double.
"We continue to get everyone involved," Nichols said of his team’s offense.
Lindsey Miller (team-high 19 points) and Terra MacKenzie (17 points) each had three first-half 3-pointers to help keep the Lakers (1-5, 0-2) close.
Chesapeake is off until next Wednesday, when the Skipjacks host Allegany College of Maryland (5-4, 1-0) in a 5 p.m. contest.
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